from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Relating to, characterized by, or practicing polyandry.
  • adj. Botany Having an indefinite number of stamens.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to polyandry.
  • adj. Belonging to the class Polyandria; having many stamens inserted in the receptacle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Belonging to the class Polyandria; having many stamens, or any number above twenty, inserted in the receptacle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In botany: Belonging to the Linnean class Polyandria.
  • Having the stamens indefinitely numerous, at least more than ten.
  • In zoology, having several male mates; polygamous, as a female animal.
  • In sociology, same as polyandric.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having more than one husband at a time


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  • The NeoAmish, for example, live in polyandrous families (_polyandrous_ was in our vocabulary list last month) because of the scarcity of women.

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  • I hate being 'polyandrous' and I miss Mr Mine terribly, but I just need some mental stimulation, some mindfuck to keep my sanity in place.

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  • A "polyandrous" many husbands woman has joined the polygamy law's challengers.

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  • As I understood it, that is why, in primitive, polyamorous/polyandrous societies, the avuncular relationship is so important.

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  • But, of course, I live in the context of thousands of years of human civilization and human culture dictates that I direct my energies toward building a stable household (monogamous, in this particular flavor of civilization, but polyandrous or polygamous in other flavors) from which to participate fully in the political economy and raise children that are well-integrated into my community.

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  • I am thriving albeit not polyandrous...yet on my own.

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  • A woman who professes to be polyandrous and then settles into domestic bliss.

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  • Similarly, the history of Hinduism suggests a creative tension between asceticism and sensuality, and yields a range of female prototypes from earthy deities and single mothers to polyandrous queens and naked poet-ascetics who spurn domesticity.

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  • In other societies, there are people who live in de facto polyandrous arrangements that are not recognized by the law.

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  • Harris also points out that a lot of modern households are de facto polyandrous, where a single mother is 'attended' by the father of her child/ren plus boyfriends/s.

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